News from March 2016

Attorneys: DOJ's years-long delay on regulations hurting companies facing disabilities lawsuits over their websites

By Amanda Robert | Mar 1, 2016

The Department of Justice’s recent activity is pushing private attorneys to file more lawsuits alleging companies’ websites aren’t accessible to the disabled, while its overall inactivity is creating uncertainty for businesses facing those lawsuits, attorneys say.

Ohio attorney general finds no evidence of violations in Wright State consultant case

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 1, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced his office found no evidence of law violations related to a Wright State University consultant’s possible status as a lobbyist.

Washington attorney general backs restored education benefits for veterans

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 1, 2016

OLYMPIA, Washington (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has urged U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to restore the education benefits of veterans preyed upon by institutions like Corinthian Colleges Inc.

FTC ponders seeking $3.2 million from 2014 case against HCG Diet Direct

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 1, 2016

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could go after HCG Diet Direct LLC and owner Clint Ethington in an attempt to collect $3.2 million owed from a 2014 case involving allegations of deceptive advertising.

Justice Department settles for $5 million with Lockheed Martin

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 1, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice has announced Lockheed Martin Corporation and subsidiaries Lockheed Martin Energy Systems and Lockheed Martin Utility Services (collectively, Lockheed Martin) will pay $5 million over allegations they violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Washington attorney general urges court to rule against Food Democracy Action

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 1, 2016

OLYMPIA, Washington (Legal Newsline) — In an ongoing campaign finance case, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced his office has urged the court to rule that Food Democracy Action (FDA) illegally evaded the state’s laws.

Three plaintiffs allege Deluxe Check Printers overcharges for certain fees

By Robbie Hargett | Mar 1, 2016

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) - Three U.S. citizens are suing a check printing company, alleging it overcharges for shipping and delivery fees.  

Trump Your Competition, in effort to preserve name, files appeal hoping to force Donald Trump to testify

By John O'Brien | Mar 2, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Trump Your Competition, a Nevada sales consulting firm fighting to preserve its name against opposition from Presidential candidate Donald Trump, has appealed a federal court order that said Trump does not have to testify in the matter.

Plaintiffs law firm seeks U.S. SC review of malpractice class action filed against it

By Jessica Karmasek | Mar 2, 2016

According to the Supreme Court docket, the case is set for conference March 18. Attorneys for Milberg LLP argue the continued prosecution of the matter as a class action is time barred and the claims of the putative class members have expired.

Sierra Club, Public Justice join dispute over Oklahoma 'frackquakes'

By Emma Gallimore | Mar 2, 2016

The Sierra Club and Public Justice have added a third lawsuit to the two already pending against energy companies in Oklahoma, alleging that fracking is increasing earthquakes throughout the state.

CMS publishes final rule addressing return of overpayments

By Rebecca Campbell | Mar 2, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new rule stating that companies have within 60 days to return overpayments from federal governments after it identifies the overpayment.

California man alleges tobacco imagery in films should be rated R

By Robbie Hargett | Mar 2, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A California man is suing the major Hollywood studios and the film rating service in an attempt to give films an R rating if they contain tobacco imagery.

Residents allege Florida utility companies' nuclear projects provide no benefits

By Robbie Hargett | Mar 2, 2016

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) - Two Florida residents are suing the state's two largest utility companies, alleging their ratepayers pay inflated rates on nuclear projects that provide no benefits.

Christie appoints Lougy as New Jersey's acting attorney general

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 2, 2016

TRENTON, New Jersey (Legal Newsline) —New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has appointed Robert Lougy as acting state attorney general.

Michigan woman accuses Time of selling subscriber information

By Robbie Hargett | Mar 2, 2016

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) - A Michigan woman is suing Time Inc., alleging it sells subscriber information to data miners without subscribers' consent.

Texas receives support from three states in lawsuit opposing portions of Obamacare

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 2, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced that three more states have joined his office’s lawsuit against the Obamacare rule that mandates states pay taxes on Medicaid managed care organizations.

Maryland attorney general supports lead-paint-victim legislation

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 2, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Legal Newsline) — Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has taken action to defend lead-paint victims by testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in support of legislation meant to safeguard these victims.

Lawyer wants his share of fees awarded in tobacco class action

By Jessica Karmasek | Mar 2, 2016

Nevada attorney Donald J. Bernard filed a complaint in a Louisiana federal court last month, seeking his portion of the $114 million in fees awarded in 2011. He points to his relationship with the class representative and work on the litigation.

Hearing held, judge weighing sanctions against Goodson, fellow class action lawyers and USAA's defense team

By John O'Brien | Mar 2, 2016

FORT SMITH, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – An Arkansas federal judge recently held a hearing to weigh sanctioning class action attorneys, including John Goodson of Keil & Goodson, and attorneys for the company they sued who he says wasted his court's time while colluding to push through a controversial settlement in a different court.

Florida AG obtains consent judgment against InterFACE Talent

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 2, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a $22 million settlement with entities doing business as InterFACE Talent and their president and CEO Roman Vintfeld, over allegations of deceiving Florida consumers.

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